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Zesto

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504 12th St, West Columbia, SC 29169
(803) 794-4652
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout

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  • 56
    Excellent
  • 33
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The cherry shake is drop-dead delicious

Zesto is more than just a restaurant. Locals who eat at Zesto time and time again, year after year, savor Zesto’s history as well as the food. Regulars will know exactly what I mean when I say it’s a shared experience. I opted for a burger this time, just to see what it was like. I found it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Citallwic
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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978 reviews
332 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 386 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Zesto is more than just a restaurant. Locals who eat at Zesto time and time again, year after year, savor Zesto’s history as well as the food. Regulars will know exactly what I mean when I say it’s a shared experience. I opted for a burger this time, just to see what it was like. I found it reasonably priced... More 

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Thank Citallwic
West Columbia, South Carolina
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The big ice cream cone on top makes Zesto's in West Columbia very easy to locate. It is loaded for business every day (except closed on Sundays) for a reason. It has the best fast food around. Their signature item is good ole southern friend chicken and shakes to die for. Try it once and you will return!

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Thank Ben K
Lexington, South Carolina
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73 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Been here many times but went this week after a long absence. The food and service is still the best there is. Doesn't matter if you get the burger or the fried chicken and you will not be disappointed. The only drawback is their clientele has outgrown their parking so you might have to take a lap around the block... More 

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Thank T P
Chapin, South Carolina
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Zesto's is a locally owned chain of restaurants that specializes in the typical fast foods such as hamburgers, fried chicken, and side dishes. The decor (in this case, using that term is a huge compliment) is as basic as it gets. Go to Zesto's for the food, not the ambiance. Always staffed by attractive high school age girls (and occasionally... More 

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Thank Ga2r75
West Columbia, South Carolina
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88 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

Zestos is a long running family tradition in W.Columbia SC. Great place for hamburgers , ice cream and the worlds best chicken. We love Zestos , and you will too.!

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Thank DArdofSC
Lexington, South Carolina
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25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

I grew up on this Chicken. I've been eating here for over 40 years. Some may find it a little on the salty side but I love it. It is starting to get on the pricey side.

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Thank Todd R
Columbia, South Carolina
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59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

As long as Zesto's been around in the Columbia area, I can't believe I've never once eaten here. So while my son was visiting from Atlanta, we decided to stop and get ice cream but instead ordered burgers. Needless to say we never did get our ice cream after devouring our burgers. They're very similar to Rush's or Sonic burgers... More 

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Thank pmauldi
Kernersville, North Carolina
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

First ever visit for ice cream! The mixed cone was very good per my wife and I really enjoyed the "Nut Roll"!

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Thank Kevin B
Chapin, South Carolina
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I have been eating here since my High School Days - way back in the 70's - when it was just a walk up window! They have remained consistent all these years in serving the best broasted chicken anywhere! Love their Zesto Burger too! If you want to taste the beef - get one of these! Same family has owned... More 

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Thank CEpting
CAYCE
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

This is an interesting eating experience. Order at the window, seat yourself inside and they will bring you the food. And the food is excellent. Prices are great. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 504 12th St, West Columbia, SC 29169
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  West Columbia
  • Phone Number: (803) 794-4652

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?